Hamden Arts Commission



The Hamden Arts Commission will present a special, first-class lineup of talent in its 2016-2017 Saturday Afternoon Family Entertainment Series. The series, which offers an exciting array of programs for adults and children to share, will feature puppetry and a renowned bubble artist. Admission is $2 for children; $3 for adults.

The Commission will launch the season on October 15 when The Tanglewood Marionettes, a Massachusetts puppetry troupe, present their award-winning production, “The Dragon King”. An underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, it tells the tale of an intrepid grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King. Colorful sea creatures add to the exciting adventure.

The internationally known comic “bubble-ologist”, Casey Carle, will return by popular demand on November 5 for his unforgettable “Bubblemania”. Carle's program is unique, combining artistic skills, quick wit, big band swing music with the unbelievable qualities of liquid spheres. The audience will see giant floating spheres up to six feet in diameter, soap film tubes stretching over 25 feet, intricate bubble sculptures and bubbles that can encase people.

On December 3, The Puppet People from Schenectady, NY will perform their version of the classic, “A Christmas Carol” as part of Hamden's winter holiday festival, “Silverbells”. Based on the Charles Dickens classic of the same name, this adaptation will feature handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, a giant nine-foot parade puppet, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets and a professional soundtrack that includes many favorite holiday tunes.

The multi-award-winning puppetry troupe, Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, will return to the Hamden stage on February 4 for their performance of the classic tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” This innovative and exciting production is a feast of visuals and sound with a stunning, two-tiered stage, big and beautiful puppets, a rhyme-spouting giant, a marvelous growing beanstalk and a delightful musical score.

March 4th will feature Carnival Trio as they demonstrate the steel drums and share stories about the culture of the Caribbean and the origins of steel drum music and how they are constructed from recycled materials. The highly interactive program will have audience members swinging and swaying to the music of the islands.

April 8th: RESCHEDULED FROM January 7, 2017, the professional ensemble, Ginga Brasileira, will perform a colorful crowd-pleasing repertoire of Afro-Brazilian dances that fuse rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics and martial arts. Dances include Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art dance; Maculele, a stick dance created by African slaves working on Brazilian sugarcane plantations; and Samba, Brazil's national dance. RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 8th at 1pm DUE TO SNOW.

The Saturday programs will be held in the handicapped accessible Thornton Wilder Hall in the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden. All shows start at 1 pm, except on Dec. 3, which starts at 2:30. Tickets are available at the door only. For details: www.hamdenartscommission.org (203) 287-2546.

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